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How Can Medical Malpractice Cause a Spinal Cord Injury?

By Luke Dow on February 16, 2017

Your central nervous system controls your mind and the functions of your body’s organ systems. The CNS is composed of the spinal cord and brain, and an injury to either could cause a severe and possibly permanent disability.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that 17,000 new spine injuries occur annually. These injuries can cause a myriad of symptoms such as respiratory complications and urinary incontinence.

In most cases, the higher the injury occurs on the spine, the more severe its effects will be. For instance, an injury affecting the C1 to the C4 vertebrae often causes quadriplegia, which is paralysis of all four limbs.

Although spinal cord injuries are typically associated with car accidents and sporting mishaps, they can also occur due to medical malpractice. If you suffered a spinal injury due to a botched surgery, misdiagnosis, or a fall in a hospital, turn to The Luke Dow Law Firm.

Luke Dow is an injury attorney with the knowledge, resources, and litigation experience to help you fight for the highest compensation. Call 512-518-4104 today to arrange a free consultation with a personal-injury lawyer in Austin.

Read on to learn three ways medical malpractice can cause a spinal cord injury:

  1. Misdiagnosis
This is the most common form of medical malpractice. A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can cause a spinal injury to develop or worsen. For instance, if a patient has a tumor in the neck or back but the doctor does not diagnose it accurately, it could eventually damage the spinal cord and possibly cause paralysis.
  1. Surgical Errors
Every surgery comes with certain risks, and just because an operation was unsuccessful or had unexpected side effects does not necessarily mean that medical malpractice occurred. However, if the spinal injury happened because the surgeon or a nurse provided substandard care, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
  1. Slips and Falls
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 1 in 5 falls results in a severe injury such as head trauma or broken bones. Because hospital patients are already vulnerable due to age and disease, a fall can have catastrophic and possibly fatal consequences.

Many medications cause drowsiness and impaired coordination. If a hospital patient is on such a medication and the medical staff does not take reasonable steps to protect the patient from falling, the victim could have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you were injured or lost a family member due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist in Texas, contact a personal-injury lawyer from The Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.

Call 512-518-4104 today to discuss your claim with an injury attorney in Austin. You can also learn more about medical malpractice claims in Texas by visiting





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